31 May 2017

Pond life

Are these coots in the first picture? Anyway whatever we call them they are what they are, which could be called anything and would make no difference. But the significant issue to me was that the mother was tirelessly catching tiny black fish and feeding them to her children even though the children were demonstrably able to catch and feed for themselves; thus in that little mother bird I saw the behaviour my own dear lady displays every time she journeys round town with our daughter who now earns about twice as much as her mother. Much animal behaviour is universal.



4 comments:

Elephant's Child said...

How right you are about behaviour crossing (effortlessly) specie divides.

Sean Jeating said...

Makes me ponder ...

Andrew said...

Interestingly however, in birds the males often put on the attractive display of the kind that the pretty woman in the previous post was so obviously utilising; nevertheless the principles remain the same. The similarities and also the differences across species combine to tell us that the same basic stories are unfolding.

susan said...

What gorgeous pictures, Andrew.

It's my understanding that birds take great care of their young for a limited time. Humans in general seem to do so for much much longer and elephants never forget.